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Health Affairs | "Immigrant Health: Evidence & Policy Issues"

Health Affairs | "Immigrant Health: Evidence & Policy Issues"

Date 
Tuesday, July 20, 2021 - 10:30am to 12:00pm
Location 
Virtual
Featuring 
Dolores Acevedo-Garcia, Samuel F. and Rose B. Gingold Professor of Human Development and Social Policy; Director, Institute for Child, Youth and Family Policy, Brandeis University
Arturo Vargas Bustamante, Professor of Health Policy and Management, UCLA Fielding School of Public Health
Sandra Hernández, President and CEO, California Health Care Foundation
Leighton Ku, Professor and Director, Center for Health Policy Research, George Washington University School of Public Health
Brandy Lipton, Assistant Professor, Division of Health Management and Policy, San Diego State University
Sharon Touw, Senior Project Manager and Epidemiologist, Institute for Community Health

In a country where one-in-seven residents is an immigrant, and about 15 million people live within 100 kilometers of the US-Mexican border, there are significant disparities in health status between people born in the US and those who have immigrated, and the demographics are changing constantly. The July 2021 thematic issue of Health Affairs takes an intensive look at the policy issues related to immigrants, borders, and health. Articles describe current migration trends and supply new data analysis and commentary on how policies can address disparities and ease the disproportionate health burden borne by immigrants.

Please join us on Tuesday, July 20, when Health Affairs takes a closer look at the effects of recent US immigration policy on the care, coverage, and outcomes for immigrants in the United States. Topics will include: how, in mixed status families, non-citizen children face tougher health effects than their citizen-siblings; how immigration enforcement reduces use of health services like Medicaid and SNAP; and how states and others are crafting policy to restore that critical safety net.

Featuring (in alphabetical order):

  • Dolores Acevedo-Garcia, Samuel F. and Rose B. Gingold Professor of Human Development and Social Policy; Director, Institute for Child, Youth and Family Policy, Brandeis University, on “Restoring An Inclusionary Safety Net For Children In Immigrant Families: A Review Of Three Critical Social Policies”
  • Arturo Vargas Bustamante, Professor of Health Policy and Management, UCLA Fielding School of Public Health, on “Health Policy Challenges Posed By Shifting Demographics And Health Trends Among Immigrants To the United States”
  • Sandra Hernández, President and CEO, California Health Care Foundation
  • Leighton Ku, Professor and Director, Center for Health Policy Research, George Washington University School of Public Health, on “Non-citizen Children Face Higher Health Harms Compared With Their Siblings Who Have US Citizen Status”
  • Brandy Lipton, Assistant Professor, Division of Health Management and Policy, San Diego State University, on “California's Health4All Kids Expansion and Health Insurance Coverage among Low-income Noncitizen Children”
  • Sharon Touw, Senior Project Manager and Epidemiologist, Institute for Community Health, on “Many Immigrant Essential Workers are Likely to Have Forgone Medicaid and SNAP Because of Public Charge Rule Changes”
  • Others TBA

Health Affairs is grateful to Dr. Arturo Vargas Bustamante of UCLA Fielding School of Public Health who served as theme issue adviser.